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City Native Logano Wins Pure Michigan 400

Stock car auto racing star Logano, 23, the youngest winner in Michigan history, moved this season to Penske from Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota. It's his first win in 14 months.

Joey Logano, Middletown native / joeylogano.com
Joey Logano, Middletown native / joeylogano.com

Middletown native Joey Logano, the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver who pilots the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion for Penske Racing, moved up in the standings for the Chase for the Sprint Cup Sunday in Michigan.

Michigan International Speedway was where Logano, who began his racing career at Silver City Quarter Midget Club in Meriden, claimed his first win this season, according to ESPN.

Kevin Harvick, 37, who drives No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS for Richard Childress Racing, finished second and Kurt Busch, 35, who pilots the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet SS for Furniture Row Racing was third.

Logano moved this season to Penske from Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota. It's his first win in 14 months. His last came at Pocono Raceway in June 2012, according to USA Today.

CBS Sports reports the top 10 point-getting drivers after 26 races, in addition to two wild-cards, compete for the the NASCAR Chase for the Cup during the final 10 races.

His win moved Logano, 23, the youngest winner in Michigan history, from 16th to 13th in the Chase standings, 17 points out of 10th place. He also has a chance at a wild card slot, with two spots available to the drivers in positions 11-20 in the standings with the most victories, according to Yahoo Sports. 

In March, Logano made headlines after having altercations with drivers Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart.

Logano's Facebook page says he entered his first season with Penske Racing coming off a 2012 campaign that saw him produce career-best results in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. 

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